Distance 15.2 km return, height gain 789 m, strenuous
Barwell is a large sprawling hill shaped like a comb with three tops and five ridges extending southwards. Running along these ridges are trails built by K Country for motorbikes. Still with me? These trails differ only a little from regular hiking trails, being more undulating, narrower and drier underfoot. They make perfect spring training walks when snow mantles the Front Ranges to the west. Though youâ'll be walking mainly through pine forest, there are also flowery meadows/cutblocks on south-facing slopes and craggy outcrops.
Start: 549 (McLean Creek Trail.) Fisher Creek OHV staging area and campground. Start from the far end of the right-hand loop near the info board.
Difficulty: Easy hiking on good trails.
Note: Trails can be combined in various permutations to suit all levels of effort. The best all day loop (18.5 km with a considerable height gain) is Barwell Summit trail to the main summit and a return via Moonrocks, Second Ridge and East Ridge from access 1.
  • View from the main summit looking west

Please refer to the trail description in the guidebook, especially for unofficial, off-trail hikes.
Kananaskis Country Trail Guide Volume 4 Trail #71A

Trailhead: Fisher Creek 50.79889N, -114.58955W

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Last updated Aug 25, 2018